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Fires Squadron tests M777 howitzer

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 4:24 pm, Mon Dec 10, 2012.

FORT HOOD — As a high-explosive round of an M777 howitzer artillery weapon disappeared into a cloud of smoke, soldiers from Fires Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, celebrated the final step in their transition to a Stryker unit.

“It’s official,” said Lt. Col. Lynn E. Downie, senior officer for the squadron, after pulling the first round of 155 mm ammunition at Fort Hood’s Training Area 31. Although the unit was designated an artillery unit on paper in November 2011, it had yet to finalize its transition to an infantry-centric Stryker organization until the actual live-fire exercise.

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